ON SINGLE SPINE BASE PAY RISE
The implementation of SSSS took seed in 2010 with considerations for a rise in BASE PAY across board for all categories of employees under the scheme as it progresses
From 2011 to 2019, the base pay has experienced spins of increments with a high of 20% recorded in 2011 and a 10% peak in 2013, 2016 and 2019
BASE PAY INCREMENTS
20% in 2011 .
18% in 2012
10% in 2013
13% in 2015
10% in 2016
12.5% in 2017
11% in 2018
10% in 2019
In 2014 , COLA (cost of living allowance ) negotiated at 10% was introduced to replace the base pay.
DELAYS IN NEGOTIATIONS
Prior to 2016, base pay was tabled and negotiated within the effective year of implementation.
Admittedly, 2012 base pay was concluded in March 2012 with the new salary reflecting in April 2012 and the three (3) months of January, February and March 2012 increments paid in August 2012.
Also, base pay on SSSS for 2013 was finalized in August 2013 with the date of implementation as January 1, 2013.
2021 BASE PAY INCREMENT
Though negotiation was expected to have been concluded and outdoored in 2020 with the salary adjustments incorporated in the 2021 budget, the scourge of the pandemic had it grounded
Currently, the recommendations from the 15 member technical committee expected to be submitted by Friday, 14 May, 2021 will launched the deliberations on base pay for all parties to reach a consensus and it’s likely for negotiations to be sealed before the end of May 2020.
Judging from the average percentage in base pay rise, the 2021 figures will pitch at 12% or a little below but not less than 10%, however there are contemplations for COLA to be revisited and reintroduced across board to cushion workers.
In conclusion, a rise in salary should be expected and whichever form the rise is represented chiefly hangs on the negotiation prowess of organized labour taking into account the “COVID19 effect” on the economy.